Simms double-double leads Bulldogs
LEBANON, Tenn. – Kenneth Simms scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and Thomas Douglas added 19 points, as 16th-ranked Cumberland used a 16-4 run in the second half to break open a one-point game and defeat Lyon College, 94-82, in men’s basketball action Thursday night in Batesville, Ark.
Cumberland (19-3, 9-2 TSAC) took a 46-34 advantage into halftime after making 7-of-11 3-pointers in the opening period. But Lyon started the second half with a 17-6 run, cutting the Cumberland advantage to 52-51 with 15:31 remaining after a 3-pointer from James Jackson.
The Bulldogs answered with a 16-4 stretch over the next five minutes, with Brandon Springer netting six points and Quentin Turner and Douglas both adding four during the run.
Cumberland’s lead stayed in double figures until the final two minutes when Lyon cut the deficit to 88-82 from Andy Lee and Quinn Cooper and two free throws by Cooper. Springer, Douglas and Turner combined to go 6-for-6 at the foul line in the final minute to ice the victory.
Simms was 7-for-11 from the field and 4-of-6 at the foul line for his 18 points and his first double-double since netting 19 points with 11 boards versus Bluefield College on November 7.
Springer posted 17 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Turner added 14 points and Ahmed Abdelhamid had 10 for the Bulldogs.
Lyon stayed in the contest from behind the arc, making 15-for-35 from 3-point range, including six from Lee and four by Jackson. Lee led the Scots with 19 points, one of five Lyon players in double figures.
Craig Amos scored 16 points, Jackson added 14, Preston Butts netted 13 and Cooper registered 10 for Lyon.
The Bulldogs were 7-for-11 from 3-point range in the opening half and led from the opening tip. Lyon hit five trifectas as well and kept the game within six points most of the period.
CU stretched its lead to nine on three occasions late in the half and then scored eight of the final 12 points of the period to take a 46-34 advantage at the break. The Bulldogs made 18-of-30 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes and shot 63 percent (32-for-51) from the floor for the contest.
Douglas and Abdelhamid both hit a pair of 3-pointers, with Douglas scoring 10 points in the half and Abdelhamid adding eight. Simms also posted nine points and six boards in the period.
Cumberland returns home after a four-game road swing this Saturday, taking on Mid-Continent at 4 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.